Random Japanese Fact of the Day Prt.17
As you walk through Japan, you'll see a person wearing a surgical mask every so often. No, Japan isn't swamped with unemployed dentists. There are several reasons why people in Japan wear masks. Most commonly, they wear masks if they have a cold and don't want to cough and sneeze on others. Some do it to prevent from being coughed and sneezed on. And some women slap on a mask when they don't have time for makeup!
This is something you might encounter in certain parts of California rarely as well, due to the large Asian American population that is present here.
Here in Texas, masks become common among the Asian-Americans in February/March, the height of the tree pollen season.
They only started wearing masks back during the 1914 Spanish Flu pandemic. In order to prevent the spread, citizens were ordered to wear masks, whether they were infected or not.
This was driven into their society so hard that it still exists today.
This information is old, but it is good to keep in mind that even today that Japanese custom is still active, and now it is seen more than before.
Well, I live in Idaho and i am litteraly the only asian American in my school. as i go to high school, i notice people not covering themselves if they are sick or have a cold. it is so gross sometimes! people call me weird for wearing a face mask too.
I really like how mindful people in Japan are (or at least seem to be). All the coughing and sneezing around where I live is really disgusting (specially in late autumn/winter) and would really welcome t if it would also be possible where I live, but the law forbids to cover the face if its "not cold enough". The make-up aspect is new to me and I really like the thought!